Marcelo will miss Madrid derby

The Brazilian’s mandatory one-game suspension for picking up his fifth booking of the season has been upheld, adding to Carlo Ancelotti’s defensive worries for the short trip to…

Marcelo will miss Saturday’s derby against Atletico after the Spanish Sports Administrative Court (TAD) rejected Real Madrid’s appeal against his suspension.

The Brazilian left-back incurred a mandatory one-game ban for picking up his fifth booking of the Liga season in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Marcelo was bitterly frustrated by the yellow card, which he received for a foul on Vitolo, insisting afterwards that he had not made any contact with Rojiblancos winger.

Madrid consequently decided to challenge the league’s compulsory suspension but their case was dismissed by TAD on Friday evening, meaning Marcelo will not be eligibile for the trip to the Vicente Calderon.

The 26-year-old’s unavailability is a blow for Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti, given defensive duo Sergio Ramos and Pepe have already been ruled out of the derby through injury.

Madrid’s cause will also be hindered by the absence of attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, who will be sidelined for at least two months after breaking a bone in his right foot against Sevilla.

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